Food and Drink

Bringing the natural and organic products industry the latest food and drink news from around the UK and Ireland.

News in brief

Toast has become the highest rated B Corp amongst UK breweries, following re-certification, and is the first brewery to be carbon neutral.

Central England Co-op announces 40% reduction in food waste

Central England Co-op has managed to cut its food waste by 40% over the past three years, from 2,445 tonnes in 2017 to 1,085 tonnes in 2020.

Quinola rebrand focuses on workers with learning disabilities

Quinola is rebranding its organic quinoa grains with new packs celebrating the people with learning disabilities who pack its products.

Good & Green opens doors to new flagship store in Tunbridge...

Family-owned G&G Vitamins opened the doors to a second, flagship Good & Green store, in Tunbridge Wells on 27 May.

Plastic bottles upcycled into vanilla flavouring

Scientists have discovered a way for plastic bottles to be turned into vanilla flavouring using genetically engineered bacteria.

Australia trade deal paves way for ‘climate-destructive deals’

Reacting to the news that a UK-Australia free trade deal has been agreed, Soil Association says British farmers ‘justifiably feel betrayed’.

Three UK winners at Sustainable Food Awards

The winners of the Sustainable Food Awards 2021 have been revealed at the Sustainable Foods Summit, organized by Ecovia Intelligence.

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Montezuma’s has unveiled its 2021 Father’s Day range of chocolate goodies, including a giant Father's Day Nutterscotch 300g Bar.

Better Nature gets set for a meat-free summer

Better Nature has introduced a line of competitively priced products to make healthy, plant-based eating more accessible to consumers.

Honey Tradition creates innovative infused chocolate collection

Milton Keynes-based boutique brand Honey Tradition has introduced a new range of luxury, raw honey-infused chocolate bars to its offer.

Enforcement action threatened for greenwashing

Regulators have warned that food businesses must be prepared to face enforcement action over misleading greenwashing messaging.

Petition against plant-based censorship victorious

A ProVeg International petition opposing the ‘censorship’ of plant-based dairy terms has been successful, as Amendment 171 is rejected by EU.

Brexit special announced for next Natural Products Meets

The next instalment of Natural Products Meets on 18 June is to centre around Brexit, the Natural & Organic Products Europe (NPE) team confirms. The...

Canadian dairy processor Saputo acquires vegan cheese company Bute Island Foods

Scottish vegan cheese producer Bute Island Foods has been acquired by Canadian co Saputo, one of the top ten dairy processors in the world.

NearSt teams with CSY to help boost organic and health food...

NearSt has partnered with CSY Retail Systems to help local organic and health food stores bring online shoppers into store.

Organico Realfoods goes live with new online shop

Organico Realfoods – home to the sustainable food brands Organico, Fish4Ever and Redfern’s – has launched its first ever e-commerce site.

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Rhythm 108 has created a duo of vegan Soft-Baked Filled Cookies in Hazelnut Chocolate Praline and Chocolate Peanut Butter variants.

Sustainable Foods Summit to discuss popularity of plant-based

The Sustainable Foods Summit, by Ecovia Intelligence, returns on 8-11 June with a focus on plant-based and organic.

Bute Island grabs best product in 2021 FreeFrom Food Awards

Scottish vegan cheese producer Bute Islands Foods walked off with the Product of the Year award at this year’s FreeFrom Food Awards (FFFA).

Biotiful introduces barista-style kefir coffee to UK market

Kefir brand Biotiful has introduced Kefir + Coffee, combining cultured milk kefir and cold-brewed Arabica coffee for a barista-style drink.